Greece sets price limit on COVID-19 tests at private clinics

Greece’s government wants to limit how much private medical facilities can charge for coronavirus tests

Commerce and Consumer Protection Secretary General Panagiotis Stamboulidis said that the price limits would be 40 euros ($48) for PCR tests and 10 euros ($12) for rapid antigen tests.

Private medical clinics and hospitals had been charging about 70-120 euros ($84-$143) for PCR tests and around 40 euros for the rapid tests.

A draft bill will be brought to parliament in coming days to allow for the limits, he said.

Many individuals and businesses are using virus tests as a means of preventing the spread of COVID-19, he said.

Civil Protection Deputy Minister Nikos Hardalias said talk of what measures might be in place during Christmas was “premature at the moment.”

Greece, which has a population of about 11 million, has reported over 101,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 2,100 virus-related deaths.